Big Water Grille

4.7
942 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Nestled in the mountains of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Big Water Grille has spectacular panoramic lake views that are among the best around. Chef Evan Roa is impressing diners with his fresh/seasonal menu. Join us for a martini in the lounge, a glass of wine on the deck or a fine dining experience in the dining room. Choose from our craft cocktails or extensive wine list from around the world.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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christy
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Jordan provided us with excellent service!

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PatriciaF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as was the service. Our waiter gave us plenty of time to linger. The view was fabulous!!

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SM10
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I actually try to keep this place secret. But the secret has been out for a long time. So if you haven't been here you should be. Have fun. Enjoy!

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YazminH
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ambience was great wonderful food we had a great experience.

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

i realize its a difficult time, overall evening was just fair.
at this price point it should be a "memorable" experience.

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SkiTahoe99
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

When your friends are all down at restaurants along the shore waiting for service, you could be up with the locals on the way to Diamond Peak. Arrive before sunset and be dazzeled by the view of North Stateline peninsula and the sparkling water beyond. For a complete memu, go directly to the Big Water web page. And there are always a few special entrees. Do not pass up the inventive salads and unique soups. Desserts are tasty, but seem to have srunken a little since the lockdown and may not be big enough to share. The locals are also hoping the $5 tapas served at the bar comes back post-Convid 19.

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Scott
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Family celebration. Wonderful view of lake and trees. Nice service. Good food, although steak was somewhat average. Fine dining and we were left alone to enjoy the evening.

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Ross
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It would have been nice to be able to come in, sit a t the bar & have a drink before going to our table for dinner. We called to see if it were possible & we were told it was booked. Observation, when we arrived we observed some locals sitting at the bar with a drink and socializing, through our dinner they sat with the same drink & socialized, when we were done we noticed the were still there same drink taking up space and not spending much money. I wish people knew how it is restaurants are suppose to make money if they occupy space socializing with one drink for hours. Consideration people consideration!

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vipjanetH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prices steep but I get it. Covid Mark up. Happy to pay to dine out.

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MattM
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Reserved table for anniversary dinner while in Lake Tahoe. The location like many in Lake Tahoe takes advantage of the spectacular scenery. Location is fine and everything in Incline Village is a short drive and easy to get to.

Overall, the restaurant felt stuffy and pretentious. If you were not a local or regular guest, you stuck out like a sore thumb. I requested a table next to the window (which we got) as well as stated this was a special occasion (anniversary), our discussions with wait staff were only “business” with no acknowledgement of our special day. OK...we are not special but isn’t that what a restaurant like this is supposed to do? Make guests feel special???

Our meal was OK...I had the filet ($48) and was cooked great (medium). Although very tender, served warm and for the most part, bland. My wife ordered the Salmon and she said was OK as well. The food, 1 beer and water were $132 with tip. Not a great food experience for that price. We were in an out in an hour and didn’t feel special.

One last thing, we reviewed the menu before reserving and looked forward to the trout...they changed their menu and the waiter said they don’t always update it online. Suggest you call the restaurant to verify menu.

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BashaZ
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff here is amazing. They found a vase for the flowers I brought and they were extremely helpful and nice. Highly recommend!

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NickeyB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service & an awesome view! We were celebrating our 31st anniversary at the same place we were married ALL those years ago. Nick, our server greeted us with champagne and that set the pace for all the great food and service that followed! Thank you Nick & Big Water Grille for an awesome evening! We definitely will be back before the next anniversary!!

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JamiC
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with a beautiful view.

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MaryannG
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a Birthday Celebration for our Daughter and everything was perfect!!

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Hany
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiting staff was cordial and attentive to our needs. Food was superb, my filet was served at room temperature but our waitress took care of it by getting me a new one. Ambience was amazing, the 5 of us loved it.
Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was terrific, and price was reasonable.

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RayeB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service was prompt and the food excellent. Covid-19 precautions were enforced and I believe it to be a very safe environment for a pleasant evening with Lake Tahoe in view.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My New Zealand salmon was delicious. Hubbies fish special was delicious too. It was a lovely evening. Worth every penny. Great staff.

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vipmatt
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening of enjoyable food, good conversation with our server. Always have a great meal at Big Water Grille

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RobertW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun date night!

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ElaineJ
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view. Friendly service. Good food. Good wine list and helpful service.

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vipAnnetteA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Beautiful views, lovely space in the bar area, excellent service. We have come here several times and wish the food was just a little bit better for the price.

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TahoeDining
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic views, food delightful, and fantastic service

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PamelaF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Waiters were incredible, so attentive and friendly. We are long time locals and BWG is one of our favorite spots. See you again spoon.

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SevilK
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, fascinating view, a lot of options for people with food restrictions including gluten free and vegan, portion sizes are just right, waiters and waitresses are very nice and experienced. It is also very close and convenient after coming down from the ski resort.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentine’s celebration. Everything was perfect.

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happilyeverafter
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious burger and the special swordfish and both were great. We sat at a nice table and the service was very good. We have been here before and look forward to when it is fully open.

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DEBBIEGib
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you walk in, you notice the stunning views of the Lake. I was so impressed from the moment I walked in and took in the lay out. The design is an open concept in tri levels so that the 2nd and 3rd elevated levels have an unobstructed view. Started with the buffalo cauliflower, it was crispy and better than chicken wings. The soup de jour was roasted pepper with a balsamic enhancement garnish. The portion size was generous and more than an average bowl. Looks like creamy tomato but tasted unique and flavorful. Great option for Vegan Lovers! The Swordfish was a nice steak cut, with a light crisp texture on both sides. It was light and meaty, and cooked just perfect. This was my favorite as I ordered the sauce on the side. The chef prepared this entrée as one of the best Swordfish preparations I have ever tasted. Our server Jorden, was friendly, efficient, and made us feel welcome. Jorden delivered 5 Star service.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! The food is some of the best in Incline and at the right time the views are incredible! Our service was great and everything on the menu is really good!

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MaryB
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant! Unusual appetizers and dinners. Great Margaritas and great wine selection.

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ElaineP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful view if you get there before dark. Our salads were very good....I wish there was a little more variety on the menu...but overall a good "go to" restaurant!

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GeorgeG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Phenominal views of Lake Tahoe, owner takes great care of the fine dining experiance, employees excell in thoughtful service and the food is magnificant. Wine list is exceptional and the bar is wonderfully creative.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner but were very disappointed in the fillet. It was overdone which changes the whole taste of a good steak for me. The salmon was delicious as was the scallop appetizer.

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BrendaB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

It was our first time here, although I have been wanting to go for years. Unfortunately, we were a little disappointed. We started off with a cocktail, which was just ok. The salad was the best item we ordered, as the chef's pasta special was nothing special. The service was friendly and nice, but our reservation was at 7 pm, and our entrees did not arrive until 8:30p. We were not told the reason for the delayed dinner, but they did apologize for it taking so long. The dessert was yummy tho. I'm not sure if I will be going back, although I have heard many great things about this restaurant. Maybe we just caught them on a bad night??

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DuaneA
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in town!! We can’t dine here often enough! Jeremy’s cocktails with the fabulous food and great service make for a wonderful evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great indoor dining dinner! Would love to see the view in daylight.

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vipValerieP
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we visit Incline often, this was our first time to BWG, but it won't be our last. We absolutely loved the food, staff and views. Everyone was super friendly and very attentive, checking on us frequently, but not at all annoyingly. The food was delicious and cooked perfectly to everyone's liking.

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LauraL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not miss the cauliflower appetizer, do not miss!!

Everything was wonderful, staff was friendly and attentive.

Will be revisiting soon!

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kerrih
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated next to the window to take in the amazing views in Tahoe! Food was excellent and the Korean Cauliflower is a must!!!

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Big Water Grille is rated 4.7 stars by 942 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.